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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Cisco IOS XE Software for Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability
29 September 2022
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches
Publisher: Cisco Systems
Operating System: Cisco
CVE Names: CVE-2022-20944
Comment: CVSS (Max): 6.1 CVE-2022-20944 (CVSS:3.1/AV:P/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N)
CVSS Source: Cisco Systems
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Cisco IOS XE Software for Catalyst 9200 Series Switches Arbitrary Code
Advisory ID: cisco-sa-ios-xe-cat-verify-D4NEQA6q
First Published: 2022 September 28 16:00 GMT
Version 1.0: Final
Workarounds: No workarounds available
Cisco Bug IDs: CSCvx12117
CVE Names: CVE-2022-20944
o A vulnerability in the software image verification functionality of Cisco
IOS XE Software for Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches could allow an
unauthenticated, physical attacker to execute unsigned code at system boot
This vulnerability is due to an improper check in the code function that
manages the verification of the digital signatures of system image files
during the initial boot process. An attacker could exploit this
vulnerability by loading unsigned software on an affected device. A
successful exploit could allow the attacker to boot a malicious software
image or execute unsigned code and bypass the image verification check part
of the boot process of the affected device.
To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker needs either unauthenticated
physical access to the device or privileged access to the root shell on the
Note: In Cisco IOS XE Software releases 16.11.1 and later, root shell
access is protected by the Consent Token mechanism. However, an attacker
with level-15 privileges could easily downgrade the Cisco IOS XE Software
running on a device to a release where root shell access is more readily
Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability. There
are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.
This advisory is available at the following link:
This advisory is part of the September 2022 release of the Cisco IOS and
IOS XE Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication. For a complete list
of the advisories and links to them, see Cisco Event Response: September
2022 Semiannual Cisco IOS and IOS XE Software Security Advisory Bundled
o Vulnerable Products
This vulnerability affects Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches if they are
running a vulnerable release of Cisco IOS XE Software.
For information about which Cisco software releases are vulnerable, see the
Fixed Software section of this advisory.
Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable
Only products listed in the Vulnerable Products section of this advisory
are known to be affected by this vulnerability.
Cisco has confirmed that this vulnerability does not affect the following
IOS XR Software
o There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.
o Cisco has released free software updates that address the vulnerability
described in this advisory. Customers may only install and expect support
for software versions and feature sets for which they have purchased a
license. By installing, downloading, accessing, or otherwise using such
software upgrades, customers agree to follow the terms of the Cisco
Additionally, customers may only download software for which they have a
valid license, procured from Cisco directly, or through a Cisco authorized
reseller or partner. In most cases this will be a maintenance upgrade to
software that was previously purchased. Free security software updates do
not entitle customers to a new software license, additional software
feature sets, or major revision upgrades.
When considering software upgrades , customers are advised to regularly
consult the advisories for Cisco products, which are available from the
Cisco Security Advisories page , to determine exposure and a complete
In all cases, customers should ensure that the devices to be upgraded
contain sufficient memory and confirm that current hardware and software
configurations will continue to be supported properly by the new release.
If the information is not clear, customers are advised to contact the Cisco
Technical Assistance Center (TAC) or their contracted maintenance
Customers Without Service Contracts
Customers who purchase directly from Cisco but do not hold a Cisco service
contract and customers who make purchases through third-party vendors but
are unsuccessful in obtaining fixed software through their point of sale
should obtain upgrades by contacting the Cisco TAC: https://www.cisco.com/c
Customers should have the product serial number available and be prepared
to provide the URL of this advisory as evidence of entitlement to a free
Cisco IOS and IOS XE Software
To help customers determine their exposure to vulnerabilities in Cisco IOS
and IOS XE Software, Cisco provides the Cisco Software Checker . This tool
identifies any Cisco security advisories that impact a specific software
release and the earliest release that fixes the vulnerabilities that are
described in each advisory ("First Fixed"). If applicable, the tool also
returns the earliest release that fixes all the vulnerabilities that are
described in all the advisories that the Software Checker identifies
("Combined First Fixed").
To use the tool, go to the Cisco Software Checker page and follow the
instructions. Alternatively, use the following form to determine whether a
release is affected by any Cisco Security Advisory. To use the form, follow
1. Choose which advisories the tool will search-only this advisory, only
advisories with a Critical or High Security Impact Rating (SIR) , or
2. Enter a release number-for example, 15.9(3)M2 or 17.3.3.
3. Click Check
Exploitation and Public Announcements
o The Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) is not aware of
any public announcements or malicious use of the vulnerability that is
described in this advisory.
o This vulnerability was found during internal security testing.
Cisco Security Vulnerability Policy
o To learn about Cisco security vulnerability disclosure policies and
publications, see the Security Vulnerability Policy . This document also
contains instructions for obtaining fixed software and receiving security
vulnerability information from Cisco.
Related to This Advisory
o Cisco Event Response: September 2022 Semiannual Cisco IOS and IOS XE
Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication
| Version | Description | Section | Status | Date |
| 1.0 | Initial public release. | - | Final | 2022-SEP-28 |
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